New Delhi, July 31 (IANS). The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is likely to question Abhishek Prasad, media advisor to Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, in a money laundering case related to illegal mining and extortion. According to sources, the ED is likely to record his statement at its Ranchi office. Pankaj Mishra, another close aide of Soren, has been sent to ED custody till August 1. The ED recently arrested an inland vessel MV Infralink-3, which was allegedly being used by Mishra. The ED had conducted searches in this connection last Tuesday.
An ED official had said, the said inland vessel was being operated illegally without a permit from Sukargarh Ghat in Sahebganj. The ship was being operated at the behest of Rajesh Yadav alias Dahu Yadav in connivance with Pankaj Mishra and others to transport illegally mined stone chips, stone boulders. The estimated cost of the ship is around Rs 30 crore.
In this regard, an FIR has been registered at Mufassil police station against the owner of the ship MV Infralink-3 under sections 25, 30 of Bengal Ferry Act and sections 188, 282, 420 of IPC. Earlier freezing of two illegally operated stone crushers of Maa Amba Stone Works operated by Bishnu Yadav and Pavitra Yadav as well as three HYVA trucks found at Mauja Majhikola, Sahebganj were illegally mined without any mining challan Stone chips were stopped from being carried to the boulder.
Similarly, an FIR has been lodged in this regard under sections 379, 414 of the IPC at Girvaabadi of Sahebganj police station. The ED had seized Rs 13.32 crore in cash lying in 50 bank accounts, Rs 5.34 crore in unaccounted cash, illegally operated stone crushers and various incriminating documents related to Mishra, Yadav and their associates.
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